How Queen Elizabeth ‘Beat Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in a War of Words’ During Exit Drama, Expert Explains

by Jeremy Spirogis
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hoped to take a step again from their royal duties and escape the highlight. While Queen Elizabeth was supportive of their resolution, she was additionally agency. One royal knowledgeable defined how the queen beat Prince Harry and Meghan in a “war of words” together with her swift response to their announcement.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement shocked many

In January 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan shocked the world after they introduced their plan to take a step again from their royal duties and cut up their time between North America and the UK. The Sussexes felt the strain of the unfavourable media consideration and hoped to have a extra peaceable life shifting ahead.

“We have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution,” the couple introduced on Instagram. “We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen.”

“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” their assertion famous.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For extra info, please go to sussexroyal.com (hyperlink in bio) Image © PA

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Queen Elizabeth handled the matter shortly

The Sussexes’ want to step away from the highlight wasn’t fully stunning given their interviews for the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, however their announcement was reportedly a shock to the queen.

In the documentary The Queen: In Her Own Words (by way of Express), royal editor Ingrid Seward shared, “The statement came as a complete surprise to the queen. She knew that they weren’t happy, she knew that they were in talks with her advisors but she had no idea they were going to put out their own statement.”

Experts imagine that the queen felt it was vital to launch her personal assertion to point she had management of the Sussexes’ exit discussions.

In the documentary, The Queen: Duty Before Family?, royal writer Tom Quinn stated that Queen Elizabeth’s swift motion was essential. “The queen would have been aware that this was a storm, that if it wasn’t dealt with quickly it could blow up into something really damaging,” he defined.

Queen Elizabeth received the ‘war of words’ with a agency assertion

Queen Elizabeth’s preliminary response to Prince Harry and Meghan’s proposed plan despatched a transparent message to the general public earlier than the rumors might take off.

In the documentary The Queen: In Her Own Words, narrator Andrew Scarborough defined how the queen was in a position to take management. “In 2020 she beat Harry and Meghan in a war of words and proved herself to be the queen of social media,” he stated.

Scarborough added, “Although the queen had been caught off guard, a brief and concise tweet posted just hours later revealed that discussions were at an early stage. In just 34 friendly words, the queen had taken back control of the situation.”

Her assertion was succinct and efficient: “Discussions with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage. We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”

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